Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: B-12 (S1E10)

Studio 60’s back with another quality episode. Mark McKinney(Kids in the Hall) is introduced as the new story editor Andy. I’m really liking his character, especialliy his relationship with Lucy and Darius. Matt has little to do in this episode and I like that I get a week off from Matt saving the world. Martha’s also back but she does nothing. Jordan snaps at a reporter and it backfires horribly, once again her job is in jeopardy. The big reveal comes at the end of episode when Danny realizes that Jordan’s pregnant. Full recap below.

The episode starts off with Howie Mandell pimping Deal or No Deal. I’m already disliking it. Unfortunately the joke lasts way too long and I go from disliking to just hating it.

We go backstage where the entire cast is getting B-12 shots. Turns out everyone’s sick. Martha O’Dell is back and Danny apparently wasn’t pleased with her last article. As they cut to commercial Danny gets a note and when asked by Martha what’s happened he responds ‘real life’. I unfortunately can’t see what’s on the note because I’m watching the show on a very small and cheap tv.

When the show returns Tom is doing a Bachelor skit. It’s not funny. Apparently there’s been a hostage situation that resulted in death so the show had to cut their hostage skit. Cut to the writers room where Darius and Lucy are terrified and nervous as Danny talks to them. He assigns them a sketch and they get to work.

They cut back to earlier in the week where Matt and Danny are chatting about a new writer who Matt kinda wants. At the end of the conversation Matt admits it’s a pity hire. He’s such a mensch.

Harriet’s practicing a really horrible joke, well she’s the terrible one. Apparently she’s incapable of telling a joke yet she’s a brilliant comedienne. As they make their way to Danny it’s revealed that there’s a hostage situation in Michigan(thanks Justin!) that doesn’t look good. I remember this plot, it’s from the West Wing.

Mark McKinney! YAY! That’s all I have to say. McKinney plays Andy the new story editor. He’s dull but in a funny way. Or at least I hope it’ll be funny. I love McKinney. He also acts as story editor for the actual Studio 60 so it looks like Sorkin loves him too.

Jordan’s pissed at Jack for going over her head about a pitch. This leads to a fight about how Jordan is the next Paris Hilton. I didn’t try to make sense of it. To make a long story short Jordan agrees to give an interview to Time Magazine. Also, Peet could not look more pregnant here.

Danny hires Suzanne to be Matt’s new assistant because his old one left to be with Ricky and Ron. She mentions that Danny and Matt need D12 shots so they don’t get sick, Matt then makes a continuous joke about how Danny is pregnant and therefore can’t get the shot. It’s meant to be a joke but it’s really a giant anvil for the inevitable reveal that Jordan’s pregnant.

Andy goes to Matt and Danny and says that there’s no way Lucy and Darius can write a good sketch because they’ve never made it onto the air. There’s no element of fear to motivate. He wants their sketch to play in dress to scare the living daylights out of them.

Jordan arrives for her interview with an obvious Joe Stein copy. It’s funny, the guy even has the same vocal tone. Jordan bitchslaps the guy so hard when he asks her how she feels about her job being in jeopardy. Seriously, I want to be Jordan McDeere when I grow up.

Andy’s put his plan into action and Lucy and Darius’ sketch does indeed bomb. They’re scared shitless but motivated just as Andy predicted. They end up writing a good sketch. So good that Andy takes it to Matt and Danny who agree that it’s ready for air. Darius and Lucy say thank you profusely. Have I said how much I love Lucy Davis before? I have? Well she rocks. They go to call their entire family to let them know they’ve got a sketch on the air. Unfortunately the guy in Michigan has just killed his entire family so the sketch now has to be cut. Matt gives them the new assignment to write a sketch in 20 minutes to make it for the end of the show.

Turns out Jordan’s interview has hit the press and it’s nasty. The reporter of course went after her. Rule #1 never piss off a reporter, they’re essentially children and love to attack on the page. No fear of reprisal. Jack’s pissed and it looks like more and more of a possibility that Jordan is gonna get canned.

The sketch shortage is solved by Matt(what a surprise) who comes up with the idea that everyone should just spit at Harriet for 2 minutes. I am so glad the show within the show isn’t actually on the air.

Last scene. Jordan’s in the VIP room crying. In the most obvious turn of events ever Danny enters and he and Jordan talk about the piece. He’s on her side. Jordan collapses midway through the conversation, obviously with the same illness that’s struck the cast. Danny tells her to relax and he’ll get the nurse to give her a B12 shot. Jordan yells that she can’t get the shot. It takes her a few times of repeating it for Danny to finally get that she’s pregnant. The show fades to black on that reveal.


5 Responses to “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: B-12 (S1E10)”

  1. 1 Justin
    November 29, 2006 at 9:46 pm

    Hey, Love the blog. Thought I would correct you on something minor in your post. The place with the hostage situation is not taking place in Wisconsin, it is taking place in Grosse Pointe, MI. The note that Danny got said “Five dead in Grosse Pointe”. Have a good one and keep up the good work.

  2. November 29, 2006 at 10:10 pm

    Thanks for the kind words Justin. I knew GP was in Michigan thanks to the wonderful John Cusack film but I guess my fingers weren’t on the same wavelength as my head. Changing as I type.

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